Today an armed conflict between Germany and France is unthinkable. For this achievement alone the EU deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.
Polls continue to show that voters prefer Mr Cameron as prime minister to Mr Miliband, but that they prefer Labour over the Conservatives. That might well change before the next election in 2015, but there is little to suggest that Mr Cameron's grand vision will be sufficient to persuade more voters to back his party.
If we are all going to be taking a larger stake in the restructuring of the European banking system, we have to do it right.
If we expect Europe's central bankers to find solutions to the increasingly desperate problems facing the eurozone, then they must be allowed to do so. Nagging fears that they are simply making it up as they go along must be pushed to the back of our minds.
That said, there have been a couple of positive developments for the global economy over the past month. First of all, the ECB's announcement of a bond-buying programme has buoyed sentiment by averting the prospect of an imminent collapse of the euro zone.
Of the main three sectors in a developed economy (services, manufacturing and construction) manufacturing is the one to show the signs of a slowdown first. The reason is simple; retailers and wholesalers cancel or reduce orders in the face of slowing consumer demand and work instead from stockpiles of goods.
Yet, as the lights came down on the final day of the 'greatest show on earth', I was left asking the uncomfortable question - what next for this great nation?
I won't lie. I was starting to give up on humanity. I was feeling generally miserable about recent reports of record amounts of melting ice in the Arctic, Mitt Romney's eternally moronic campaign in the US and our current situation of ever rising economic destruction and damning of human rights by the Coalition.
With full tanks, all systems checked and automatic launch sequence ignited, the European Parliament is ready for lift-off. MEPs achieved much in the first part of 2012 that will make a noticeable difference to the everyday life of ordinary citizens, such as lower roaming charges and killing off the controversial anti-counterfeiting agreement. However, there is much to be done in the months to come.
Portugal may well be the country where the eurozone's solidarity is put to the test. Patience with the Greek government's foot-dragging is wearing thin, but Portugal has done all that has been asked of it.
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras won the June general election promising to renegotiate the terms of the Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) that accompany the two EU/IMF bail-out deals (worth a total of €240bn) that Greece has to implement to avoid sovereign default.
There was an arresting BBC documentary recently called 'Wonderland: Young, Bright, and on the Right.' Initially it was quite amusing, depicting, as it did, some late teenage hoorays in the Conservative associations of Oxford and Cambridge wearing jackets and ties, drinking port, and planning their assault on Westminster. Some were appallingly posh.
With the economy persistently weak, there is a growing consensus among economists that premature austerity has done considerable unnecessary damage, and that there is a strong case for slowing fiscal consolidation.
It was great while it lasted. For two weeks the London Olympics provided welcome respite from the economic gloom, political travails and banking scandals that have become a depressingly regular part of the news agenda since the Great Recession of 2008-09.
The Bank of England revised down its growth forecast for 2012 to virtually zero last week, reinforcing the raft of weak economic data released recently. The UK economy has now contracted in 5 out of the last 7 quarters and net growth since the end of the recession in 2009 has been negligible.
Countries which lost competitiveness during the first decade of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) will need to return to sustainable growth through improvements in competitiveness rather than cheap credit. This will take time but will be necessary for the long-term survival of EMU.